In our previous article we talked about writing your resume. You can not throw everything together in 15 minutes and wait to be called for an interview. If you missed it, you can read it here: The importance of a professional CV!
Today we are going to talk about what we need to make the perfect CV. The most important thing: prepare yourself.
What does that mean?
All you have to do before you start to fill a the blank piece of paper with your life is to collect the important things that you basically want to share with the prospective employer. From this information, pick the best parts, what you will share in any case, no matter what kind of job you will go for.
What to think about at this point?
In general, the following information is ’must have’ data (beyond your personal data and contact info):
- reasons why you are the best for the job (not a must, but a well-crafted resume is an integral part and a very good effect can be achieved with it, so we have it here),
- professional experience (mandatory element, but only the relevant experience !),
- qualifications (again only the relevant data),
What is not required, but it can affect the overall picture:
- Interests (hobbies, professiona, or even non-professional interests. It will not contain information specifically related to your professional profile, make the list short, max 3 points to make your CV more colorful),
- social media presence (especially for communication/ online communication professionals this must be consodered as a ’must have’ factor),
- Media coverage (blogs, publications, interviews. Since this is purely self-promotion, for creative workers it is also a required element).
What you do not mention:
- wage demands,
- addiction (cigarettes, drugs, etc.),
- other highlights of information (for example, you have a gun and you like it. Fact, this ought not to be mentioned yes we have actually seen this example in a CV.).
As we mentioned in our previous article, there is no general CV which sells you in every interview. Every time you have to consider what information, style, photo is needed to fit the corporate culture where you want to go and what type of jobs we are talking about, as well as the data that is provided in the vacancy.
So the next step: get ready!
Think of it like taking an exam. The exam stress will be there anyway.
But what will be in the exam?
Of course, what you can give to the company, why should they want to choose you. The main arguments for this are the professional experience section, as it can be assessed based on the first round how skilled you are.
On the other hand, you can take it as a fact that you are not the only one applying for the job and a there is a good chance that some of them are educated like you (unless you are the No.1 in the industry, or the other extreme).
At this point a subjective decision will occur in the interview, so it’s recommended to support your CV with some extras to get your resume to the top of the list, so you go after your future company. What they do, what has been achieved, or what charitable activities they are doing.
It’s important to have a personal impression about what you think about the company. Is it rather, strictly professional, Orthodox way working, or modern and liberal-minded approach? This profoundly affects the whole atmosphere of your CV.
So before you start to write your biography, decide what is the direction of your profession in front of you, and collect (better if your write it down!) the things why you are suitable for the job.
Then check the market for companies are looking for you. Get to know the companies and the image of them, and what they offer you. Choose the best fit for you and then start to deal with preparing a CV!
If you have questions, do not hesitate to ask!
Chronos Consulting Team